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Mixtape: This Is Aus

Ok please allow one more year-end indulgence here in the form of a recap mixtape. It should no longer be a surprise that I have a sweet spot for Aussie indie, and as the genre has made up so much of the site’s direction in the last year, I’ve decided to round up some of my favorites into a massive mixtape that should keep you busy for a few hours and serve as a primer to those looking to break the seal on their Aussie pop habit. Plenty of usual suspects arise in the label department here with representation from RSTB favorites Bedroom Suck, Anti-Fade, Lost and Lonesome, Poison City, Hobbies Galore, Milk! Records, Flightless, and Tenth Court alongside internationally friendly harbors like Trouble in Mind, Upset The Rhythm, Share It, Kanine, and Emotional Response. There were plenty of offerings to love this year from the South Hemi, so get cracking on that listen. Click below for tracklist and stream.

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HoT To RoT

Slicing fast and frantic with their debut single, “Kindred,” Melbourne’s HoT To RoT has been one of the most interesting discoveries of 2018. The song picks up the jolted-nerves punk tradition handed down by Au Pairs and X-Ray Spex and runs it through an updated acid bath. Flanking that beast of a song with an additional five to round out their debut, the band doesn’t falter in their construction of a demeanor of menace, creeping unease and bottled fury. While most tracks can’t hope to capture the 12-volt tongue touch of “Kindred” they build an EP that’s nuanced and nimble around that track’s centerpiece.

From the slow slink into “Strangers At Best,” to the disorienting percussive snag and static riffs on “Oxytocin,” the short form collection is a nail-scratch blood letter that keeps from falling to pieces with a veneer of caffeinated cool. The players box up tension that’s constantly unbound by the belt-sander bedlam of Blaise Adamson’s vocals. She’s disenchanted and deadly accurate with her delivery of inflammatory ire. Where many post-punks are riding the groove and looking to twitch anxiously in the corner, HoT To RoT barb their wire-wrought angles with an embattled rage that seems all the more necessary with each passing day on this slog through 2018. Quite a few of their local talent pool seem bound to slow things down to a slacker crawl, but here HoT To RoT are making unrest feel like the only option.



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HoT To RoT – “Kindred”

A couple weeks back Melbourne’s HoT To RoT ripped the lid off their new single “Kindred,” a ferocious bit of agit punk that’s aerated by guitar shrapnel and fueled by the ripped n’ torn vocals of singer Blaise Adamson. The band compliments that already shining single with a dizzying video that only serves to put the track back on repeat around here. The song is off a planned EP for Hysterical Records due out later in the month. If you’re still unfamiliar, use this as a moment to get into the band’s brand of battered and bruised catharsis. Keep your eyes out for that EP, if the rest is half as potent as “Kindred,” we’re all in trouble.



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